Portuguese festive food Bacalhau, a salted codfish, is Portugal’s most popular fish. On Christmas eve, which is the main celebration in Portugal, eaten with boiled potatoes, fried onions, eggs and olives. On Christmas day, ‘Peru’ or turkey is normally the main dish and Christmas cake in Portugal comes in the form of ‘Bolo Rei’
Celebration days In Portugal, Christmas eve (the 24th) is the main day of celebration. The whole family gets together to eat food, drink port wine, and laugh into the early hours of the morning. Christmas day (the 25th) is a day of rest, with another big family meal, but this time with meat instead of fish. By the 26th, it’s back to business-as-usual – Boxing Day, which is celebrated in the UK and other parts of Europe, does not exist in Portugal!